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January 21st, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Why would the Pentagon ignore Ft. Hood shooter's ties to Islam?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The Pentagon report into the massacre at Fort Hood that left 13 dead is a joke. There is no mention of the suspect's views of Islam. None.

Major Nidal Hasan
Major Nidal Hasan

In fact, the 86-page report doesn't even once mention Major Nidal Hasan by name. It lumps in radical Islam with other fundamentalist religious beliefs... and instead focuses on things like military personnel policies and the emergency response to the Nov. shootings.

This despite the fact that Hasan made no secret of his radical Islamic faith. He allegedly proselytized to his fellow service members and spoke out against the wars the U.S. military is waging in Muslim counties.

John Lehman, a member of the 9/11 Commission, tells Time magazine the Pentagon's silence on Islamic extremism "shows you how deeply entrenched the values of political correctness have become." The Texas Congressman whose district includes Fort Hood says this report "ignores the elephant in the room - radical Islamic terrorism is the enemy."

The Pentagon acknowledges it didn't focus so much on Hasan's motives as on "actions and effects." They say they didn't want to interfere with the criminal probe into Hasan. Garbage.

Meanwhile a new Gallup poll shows 43 percent of Americans admit to feeling at least a little prejudice toward Muslims - that's more than twice the number who feel that way about Christians, Jews and Buddhists.

The survey also finds Islam is the most negatively viewed religion - one-third of those surveyed say their opinion of Islam is "not favorable at all."

Here’s my question to you: Why would the Pentagon choose to ignore the Fort Hood shooter's ties to Islam in its report?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Don from Florida writes:
Over the course of my 25 years in the military, I have seen the Pentagon "leadership" become browbeaten into political correctness. The Bush administration ran out the naysayers after 9/11 and only after years of bad war policy made a move to a new Sec. of Defense. Now of course the political correctness of the Obama administration has taken hold and the Pentagon reflects this. We lose Soldiers every day in combat but we are not "at war with terrorists."

Linda from Arizona writes:
It can only be political correctness carried to absurdity, and the cover-up of the Army's failure to stop him when they should have.

Chris from Ontario writes:
The way you phrase your question says it all. Millions of Americans have "ties to Islam"; only a tiny few have ties to radical Islam. Perhaps the Pentagon wished to be cautious because the distinction seems to be lost on so many Americans.

Greg from Minneapolis writes:
Come on, Jack, the reasons are obvious. The slightest perception of insulting Islam is more than enough to bring protesters out in force. We saw it with the Danish cartoonist, we see it with mere rumors of the Qur'an being treated with disrespect. Until we can look at ANY example of "religious" extremism with suspicion and not be afraid of the reaction, be it Islam with the Fort Hood shooter, or Christianity with the likes of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, we will be losing the battle against terrorism fueled by the perversion of religion.

Lizzie from Los Angeles writes:
Because they're scared to offend somebody. Well, they offended plenty of people – the AMERICAN people.

Ken from Virginia writes:
Maybe the Pentagon is under orders NOT to mention, much less criticize, Islam, since our military runs on Middle East oil.


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soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. Bud Rupert, Reston, VA

    They didn't! And it's silly to think they they intentionally did so.

    Their is just too damn much data out there. With much of it self serving blabber, all sorts of conspiracy theories and just plain unbridled special interest propaganda.

    Is it any wonder why some piece of information that winds up being important slips through the perverbial cracks.

    January 21, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  2. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    I am sure it is just a coincidence that he believes in Islam. He is just "crazy". The army would rather admit that they knew they had a crazy doctor attending to the medical health of our soldiers than buck the PC trend and admit that Radical Islam is a breeding ground for terrorists and they were negligent in their duty by ignoring all the obvious signs.

    January 21, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  3. Jim - Michigan

    After serving 21 years on active duty in the U.S. Army I can assure you that we defend a democracy, we do not practice it. Civilians run our military, as the constitution requires and as such political correctness is our golden rule. You do not get in the way of advancing a minority, period. I seen many that were incompetent, racist, lacking in integrity and professionalism but due to their status as a femal or minority they were advanced and in most cases quickly advanced.

    If you want to end your own career, try to do the right thing when it gets in the way of political correctness. Hindsight is 20/20 unfortunately we do not have the benefit of that sight or the political support before an incident occurs.

    January 21, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
  4. Phil-Wenatchee, WA

    Simple answer...it's a typical government operation.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  5. Frank T

    Haven't you noticed how people equivocate on everything today. For example, "We need a little more oversight." "A little more" - I'm so sick of it being used whenever someone gives an opinion. The Pentagon simply wants to play it safe and avoid any chance of being labelled racist or insensitive. The Pentagon should have been "a little more" open about the shooter's ties to Islam. We a country of dumbed-down idiots.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  6. Tony from Southport

    The CIA lied says Pelosi.

    Navy SEALS charged with punching a terrorist.

    Interrogators may be charged and tried for torture while gaining
    evidence of future attacks on the USA..

    Are you kidding? This will occur again if this administration continues it's ridiculous treatment of the people charged with protecting us, and coddles those who wish us dead.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  7. Simonsays-Orlando

    Political correctness. The same reason we can't profile young Muslim men when they try to get on an airplane. Unfortunately, this time it cost the lives of American soldiers.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  8. David

    Incompetence maybe?? Those in charge are to busy securing multi-billion dollar contracts and haviing more 'salad' on their uniform then the next guy. These are the same guys that never read "those that never learn from history are doomed to repeat it". They may be educated but ther're certainly not very smart.
    David, Las Vegas

    January 21, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  9. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    Supposition is not the American Way.

    Proof through investigation is required.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  10. KarenB, central Florida

    Jack, there is old saying in the military that is not suitable for print, but using other words, "if they screw up, move them on or up" let it be someone else's problem. If they noticed, no one wanted to touch it. Now look whose problem it is –

    January 21, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  11. Julie Donnelly Palmdale,California

    We don't want to make this a war against Islam. We want to keep it a war against terrorism. We want to keep that component out of the equation so it doesn't get used by the terrorist against us.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  12. Keith - Twinsburg, Ohio

    Because Jack, they are following orders from this 'transparent' administration, who are busy kissing hands of the foreign leaders who are aiming their rockets & guns at us & our allies.

    The White House has not yet figured out who the 'good guys' are and who the 'bad guys' are. Once they figure that out, I'm sure everything will be okey-dokey again...

    If it walks like a duck & quacks like a duck, why do we insist that it's a chicken??

    January 21, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  13. Ed

    Why would President Bush ignore U. N. weapon inspectors who said they couldn't find any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

    Ed
    Texas

    January 21, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  14. Jane (Minnesota)

    I suspect because are so many lawyers that would jump at the chance to sue the government (and anyone else they think will get them compensation) for discrimination, racial profiling, etc they were afraid to get involved.

    What are the chancs of lawsuit reforms when it's mostly lawyers we send to Congress?

    January 21, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  15. SLM

    Our new kinder, gentler Commander in Chief and Rahm Emmanuel.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  16. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Two words: political correctness. We're so afraid that anything said might offend someone that we're willing to risk a disaster just to prevent it.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  17. Mr. D

    PC-and I don't mean personal computer. PC is literally killing us. When will this foolishness stop. How bad does your performance have to be if you are in a PC protected group before you are mustered out. Wake up America before it's too late, or is it already?.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  18. A. Smith, Oregon

    Jack, the neglect in this case goes right to Lt. Gen Robert Cone, the Commander of Ft. Hood Army base. He should be relieved of any further duty in the Army pending charges of gross dereliction of duty.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  19. Lou from North Carolina

    This case tells us that we are letting important things go by therefore if a person is a Muslim, he needs to be profiled and watched and book kept on him until the military service he is in has some proof that he is US and not THEM.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  20. Joseph B., Metairie

    There are many other U.S. soldiers who follow Islam. Should we ship them all to a remote island for eternity?

    January 21, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  21. Rob of Brooklyn

    Plain and simple answer. Their stupid and can't think

    January 21, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  22. Dennis north Carolina

    Islam is a religon not a terrorist group so why should the government investigate the religon.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  23. Randy from Salt Lake City

    Are you a Christain fundie or Zionist Jew, Jack? Because your question pretty much insinuates that anyone who's religion is Islam is automatically a terrorist.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  24. John from Alabama

    Jack: Islam is a religion an his protected by the Bill of Rights in the US Constitution; therefore, the United States Military can not single out one individual or group because of their faith. Now, words do have meaning, and when words that threaten the lives of Americans and violate the national security of the United States this violates the law and the oath Major Hasan took to enter the United States Army. Jack, Major Hasan violated his oath, committed murder on a federal property, and committed attempted murder. He will be tried in a military court and will be found quilty of his crimes and some years down road be excuted.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  25. Abe of Iowa

    Perhaps it's the same reason the 911 Commission Report completely ignored the obvious demolition of WTC-7. It may be a deliberate cover-up.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  26. Harry

    The whole world knows about Hasan's ties to Islam, so the Pentagon can avoid that particular political incorrectness and the fallout that would come from such action.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  27. Harry

    The whole world knows about Hasan's ties to Islam, so the Pentagon can avoid that particular political incorrectness and the fallout that would come from such action.

    Harry
    Millersburg, ky

    January 21, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  28. michel plante

    The question itself boggles the mind. That's precisely why the shooting happened in the first place: the Pentagon ignored signs (flashing neon billboards actually) that the shooter was mentally unbalanced. It's got NOTHING to do with Islam...he could have been Catholic or Cannibal.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  29. JENNA

    Why would the Pentagon choose to ignore the Fort Hood shooter's ties to Islam in its report?

    Islam is not the issue here Jack, the issue is that he was conversing with a known radical iman. That should have been watched, but not just the fact that he was a practicing Muslim.

    Jack, why was the army hell bent on sending this man to the middle east after he told them that he could not do what they were asking him to do there. Was their no where else in the whole entire world where his talents could be utilized?

    Jack, why was there no serious investigation as to who was harrassing him on his own base?

    None of this contributed to his "snapping"??

    What he did was wrong and he should be punished for his crimes, but we need to have investigated the others as well. Their hands are not clean because they contributed to this.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    January 21, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  30. john in michigan

    Jack
    While I don't believe that the majority of Muslims hold the radical views of the terrorists, Americans seem to be afraid of offending ANY of them. This political correctness needs to be shelved for the good of the country.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  31. Doug - Dallas, TX

    When you figure out that one Jack, let us know.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  32. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    They are too busy and need more people to make sure that known offenders or terrorists continue to kill people and create havoc. Jack, it's really because their stupid and incompetent and too busy playing solitaire when they should be taking action.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  33. bob, oshawa, ontario

    Jack, basically you have people who aren't doing their job. It's as simple as that. The problem is that no one apparently is replaced for incompetence. As long as this is the case, then potential dangerous situations with all the red warning flags will continue to be ignored. It's not so much a matter as not having the technology as it is of people not using their beans.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  34. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Any abnormal or extreme behavior begins within the mind of the individual. Asking this question as it is phrased indicates ties to Islam would be the problem, and it is clearly not.

    Much like you and I Jack, as recovering alcoholics the culpability was not our ties to the local bar or the patrons, but our flawed psyches that created the harmful and destructive behavior. There are a billion people with ties to Islam, but only an infinitesimal fraction of Muslims who go to the dysfunctional extreme. Like any society or culture there are paradoxes, dysfunction begins within a single human being.

    So to ignore Islam is the correct decision to determine the root cause of the problem, a mentally ill person.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  35. George , New York

    Hey CNN,
    Instead of asking irrelevant questions, why don't you ask us what we think about this recent Supreme Court ruling that just destroyed our democracy? Assholes!

    January 21, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  36. Ryan - Galesburg, IL

    Jack, links to Islam would not be a problem, but radical Islam is, just as is radical Christianity. There is a big difference here, and it should be explained in this post. We should not lump an entire religion in with a few kooks.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  37. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    Jack I think it is be cause no one has any common sense anymore. If they did this man would have been watched a lot closer than he was. Midal Hasan had a bad work record and known ties to radical Islam and made statements only a radical Islam person would make, the people who we are at war with. Common sense would have told anyone that this man was a ticking time bomb and should have been investigated and watched. If they had done this they would have known bad things were coming and could have stopped it, saving many lives.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  38. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    We're a kinder, gentler nation Jack. Don't ask, don't tell. If you ask a question that will be considered profiling. Just because all nations do it and some agencies in this country, FBI at least for serial killers, that doesn't mean we shouldn't all burn rather than offend killers. Have a nice day.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  39. Russ in PA

    Once again government strikes: we reap the benefits of government trying to control what we say, do, think. Can't call a spade a spade, nor a fool a fool.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  40. Paul from Phoenix

    Jack-

    This administration made the decision to keep foreign policy as vanilla as possible so as to not upset anyone in the middle east and improve our relations. Obviously, with the recent plane bombing attempt and this Ft. Hood massacre, that strategy is about as successful as Martha Coakley.

    Paul in Phoenix.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  41. Russ in Johnston

    Because of our President's view of terrorist acts as 'man-caused disasters', and his view of terrorism in general as 'overseas contingency operations'. But, mostly because of our Commander in Chief's statement in his own book, paraphrasing, 'if the political winds shift for the worse, I will side with my Muslim brothers'. I'm sure he has had some discussions with the Pentagon about politically correct speak when it come to terrorism, er....overseas contigency ops'.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  42. Ed from MD

    Obviously because the great whore of Babylon rides the beast of the latter days. How will she get people to worship the beast and his image if they stuck to their fundamental beliefs such as in the rock of ages Jesus Christ. So lump them in with the terrorists, that all who would not worship the beast and his image should be put to death.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  43. IKHAN from san jose ca

    Hi Jack,
    Pentagon has done the right thing. These culprits are a bunch of criminals & should be treated as such.
    To overplay the religious factor would simply be playing into the hands of those sitting in Afghanistan, Yemen & elsewhere who are nothing but greedy, power hungry mercenaries trying to recruit vulnerable mostly very young people to do their dirty work for them portraying their terrorism as some kind of religious crusade.
    The masterminds sit in their hide outs supplied by funds & weapons & sophisticated equipment God knows from where with their tribal allegiances and their long history of siding with any power willing to keep them happy.

    They have nothing to do with religion as they kill Muslims & non-Muslims alike & use religion as their weapon of propaganda. When we in our anxiety blame their ties to Islam we strengthen their hands in recruiting more to their side in their portrayal of terrorism as Jihad.
    All Muslim countries are fighting this wave of terrorism & suffering. Out of a billion plus Muslims only a fractional minority would have any sympathy with these barbarians. We should keep focused on eliminating this menace not feeding it by doing what they want us to do.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  44. Barbara in NC

    Still spreading prejudice Jack? If you're a catholic, I'll never read your column again. What is YOUR RELIGION?

    January 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  45. Layne Alleman

    Jack, You were in the military yourself, and you really don't know the answer to that one? Come-on. Now who's playing who for a fool. Layne A. Antioch,Il.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  46. Richard McKinney, Texas

    Jack from a legal standpoint the government needs to do that for a future criminal case. That being said the Muslim religion in and of itself IS NOT viewed negatively. What is viewed negatively are people like yourself that get the facts wrong. 1 in 4 people world wide practice Islam Jack. The largest majority of Muslims are not radicals. What about those that do not exhibit signs Jack? What about Non Muslims who have intent to cause harm to America or Americans? What will you label them? Congress?

    January 21, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  47. Sandy

    Because people are too busy trying to be politically correct,and God forbid we insult a Muslin. 13 people are dead because someone or more than one did not do their job. These people should be reprimanded to the fullest. This is America and I am sick and tired of people coming from other nations and getting treated in a hands off mode. The military should weed out these people who are inept and they should do it NOW.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  48. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    Jack–
    The Pentagon bears a great deal of responsibility for what happened at Ft. Hood with the shootings. It seems that the military wants to underplay its responsibility in this crime. I hope that they plan to change their game plan for situations like this. This crime should have been prevented by the military.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  49. Ed , Westfield, New Jersey

    The Cynic in me says "PC" however the real answer may be harder to get at.
    One would however expect that this would be addressed as it is the one common thread with the terrorists, radical islam.

    I also believe no one has definitively addressed what this religion is all about. They have "clerics" that don't seem to go to any theological seminaries, they are loosly controlled, there is no authoritative leader or body and finally no one seems to be objecting.
    Are we witnessing another form of appeasment in which everyone is afraid to say anything as each is taken away one by one and no one protests. Finally he/she realizes they are the last and there is no one to protect them or protest to.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  50. Trueman in Canada

    Hi Jack,
    Short answer: to admit that religion played a role would open the door to ethnic/religious profiling for soldiers... then government employees, then everybody. It's a slippery slope, isn't it?

    January 21, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  51. JJ - Texas

    It is past time for those morons in Washington to start paying attention to what is going on in major cities all over Europe . The Islamic population are taken over those cities and the confrontation with the Europeans are being more and more frequent and violent. And they better not think that we are immune against that. Sooner or latter, we are going to have to confront this big problem by standing up and taking position to protect the soul of our nation (our believes and freedom).
    By the way, how in the world will we be able to win a growing war against the radical Muslims ideology within our border being so complacent and "political correct" ???

    January 21, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  52. Big Buford

    Jack, How did the army not see or understand who this Major was.

    How is a Home that a year ago was worth 580,000 thousand dollor and today worth 185,000 dollors.

    How did NBC take its number one late night talk show host and move him out of that time slot and not understand that move was doomed to failure.

    Nobodys minding the store Jack. Reset the economy/wall street/credit and business like we do our computers when it gets all screwed up. Its a new day we all need to understand this and pull together as a country.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  53. steve- virginia beach

    Noone but they can say for sure but it appears to be an issue of political correctness and a fear of offending Muslims, the same problems that apparently allowed this terrorist attack to happen in the first place.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  54. Maria

    The Pentagon is a rouge department and always had been. They would not mention anything about Islam or this guy's ties to Islam because they don't want to admit we have an enemy that we cannot stop nor control at this point in time. For years Cheney, Rumsfeld and Bush milked the power of the Pentagon as much as possible and so we have an institution which believes it is liable or answerable to no one.

    Maria

    Brunswick,MD

    January 21, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  55. Sandra in Temecula, CA

    Political correctness gone wrong. Everyone is too afraid of offending certain groups that we have gone over board ignoring clear signals.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  56. Susan from Birmingham, Al.

    Because its politically in-correct. If Americans have negative feelings toward Islam its because we have been attacked by radicals from that
    religion. Until this country wakes up to this and calls it for what it is, I'm
    afraid we'll have more tragedy.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  57. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    If the President himself doesn't admit to it why would you expect the Pentagon to? Under this President, so far, the terrorists (that includes the underwear bomber) are being allowed to have their trials in a courtroom instead of a military tribunal where it should be. What gives?

    January 21, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  58. Big Buford

    If the people could have an special election for all Congressmen and Senators next month, I wonder if any of them would be able to hold on to thier positions. The news cycle runs all day long all day strong. Have a member of each party come on everday to explain their position on every law that they are for or against and have them sum it all up in 30 word or less.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  59. brad Arizona

    The man was an officer in our military not an enlisted man. He was privi to inside information from returning combat soldiers that were sent to him for official conselling. It is obvious that the threat to our country is no longer a viable one, at least when it comes to islam. This is sure to add fuel for the conspiracy advocates. Perhaps there is something to it. Let's face it our government covers things up all the time. They constantly lie to us. They pretty much do what they want, when they want. They spend huge amounts of our money unjustifiably. Hmmm..........? This seems to be the ingredients for conspiracy. Watch your back america. Perhaps the biggest threat to the United States is, in fact, the United States. Nah! They could never do that to us, not our government, never. Or, maybe they could.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  60. The Broker.

    "To please their Same-types in washington"

    January 21, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  61. Pat White

    Thankyou for your blunt honesty about pelosi.....my long time feelings exactly.....I call her the grinning idiot. How could she be?? What is wrong with we voters? Although who to choose from? There are so many losers, money mongers, actors, running for government. What happened to INTEGRITY?
    I would love to get rid of Pelosi and her ilk. Again, thanks for commenting on her and please keep it up.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  62. Peg from NY

    The Pentagon chose to ignore the shooter's ties to Islam in it's reports because they are covering people's butts in the military who knew of this and just passed it over. Political correctness should never supercede the safety of anyone in the United States. Covering up careless work and/or bad decisions is no way to prevent it in the future.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  63. honestjohn in Vermont

    Either the Pentagon is inept or they are very sensitive. Take your pick.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  64. BOB WHITE, Kansas

    Huge self interests, Jack, just like those Pres Eisenhower warned our nation about. Forget history and suffer the repeat of its lessons.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  65. ken

    Its obvious – political correctness – first, reason, last reason, and every reason in between. Its the same reasoning that lets an underwear bomber with no luggage and no return ticket get on a plane.

    I am not one for carpet approaches to profiling because that's too inefficient and a waste of resources. But regardless of whether or not its a military base or an airliner, we need wake up and focus on clues, patterns and messages – not on some idiotic belief that everyone must be automatically accepted as they are.

    Ken in PEI

    January 21, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  66. Mari Fernandez, Utah

    Why would the Pentagon ignore these ties? Because they did not know how to deal with this man or else they did not know about how radical he had become. Ignorance is bliss.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  67. Jed in Chico, CA

    When we call for a war against "radical Islam," "radical" becomes a subjective term and may lead some to believe that all Muslims are radical because their belief system is different from mtheir own. What, Jack, do you propose defines "radical" Islam? Is it just Muslim terrorists we should be on guard against? Wouldn't it be simpler to be at war with all who have a philosphy that intens harm to American interests? Islam, radical or otherwise, isn't the enemy. The enemy is the enemy.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  68. Greg in PA

    Because Obama is a muslim sympathizer, he wants to play nice with the bad boys. Here's a question for you Jack, when Obama went to the military funeral of those who were killed why didn't he salute?

    January 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  69. Chris

    Jack it's simple; we're afraid to insult and infuriate the Islamic people. We are cowards.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  70. Laura

    The same reason they and the White House didn't "have a clue" prior to 9/11 Jack.

    I'm surprised the report didn't directly link him to Iran..isn't that what's next on the agenda? The tragedy is the innocents that are paying for it.

    San Angelo, TX

    January 21, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  71. Karl from SF, CA

    It’s more than political correctness it’s military correctness. They weren’t ignoring the elephant in the room because in the Pentagons mind there couldn’t be a terrorist in the military. They are so caught up in their singular focus that their radar blocks anything not in the realm of military rules and regulations. They didn’t ignore it because they never even saw it.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  72. Leslie

    Jack, They would have to be truthful about what they knew and when they knew it. We all know that the truth in this country is based on how much of it you can leave out. The pentagon is not about to make specific statements about anyone or anything because they do not want offend anyone. Its a simple case of CYA. They are still protecting themselves from the mistakes they made by promoting him.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  73. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    the US Military is scared to death that they may offend Muslim services members because, like it or not, they are some of the most VALUABLE people in the service esp the Army. we NEED loyal American Muslims because of their language skills and knowledge of the culture.

    and btw, Jack, most Muslin members of America's Armed Forces are LOYAL CITIZENS who HATE the Islamic terrorists as much or MORE than the average service member because what those fanatics have done to their religion just like American service people of German decent hated the Nazis and those of Japanese decent hated the Japanese Imperialists during WWII.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  74. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    Because in the Pentagon's lame way of thinking if they made true statements it would hurt the all voluter military we now have. They should say what they want and think and bring back the draft. Maybe some of those kids that think texting and tweeting is the only thing in life could learn something by a 2 year manditory stay in the military it doesn't seem to hurt Isreal citizens does it. Your right Jack the Pentagon of flat out reported the facts what is wrong with our country when we can only hear the cleaned up fairytale verson of what went on.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  75. audrey fryer

    You just had a Christian that killed 8 people in Virginia yesterday – why isn't his religion brought into question and the fact that he is a Terrorist. Maybe he was on a "christian crusade" – who knows anymore with people. Anybody, and I mean anybody who terrifies people and/or murders people or assaults people is a terrorist , regardless of religion.

    Audrey Vancouver Island

    January 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  76. Fred P

    because they need terrorism to happen. thats how they justify big budgets and keep the war coffers sustained.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  77. Rick McDaniel

    This was all about being "politically correct" and not "profiling" due to ancestry.

    Sorry, but being "politically correct" can get a lot of people killed.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  78. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    Because in the Pentagon's lame way of thinking if they made ture statements and reported the facts it would hurt our voluteer military we have today. You are right Jack the Pentagon should have flat out reported the facts. To many in our government think we can't handle the truth. We should bring back the draft it does not hurt Isreal's citizens does it. The military teaches you how to work as a team something we have seemed to have lost in this country. Maybe a 2 year or even a 1 year manditory military service for all citizens from 18 to 40 would help teach many kids that texting and tweeting are not the only things in life.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  79. Rory Murray

    Jack,
    The answer is simple. They are afraid of being accused of "racial profiling". This "P.C." garbage may be political, but it is not correct, in fact it will ruin this country. If a person looks or acts SUSPICIOUS, they should be investigated. Race has nothing to do with it.
    Rory Murray
    San Bernardino,CA

    January 21, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  80. SLK 65

    Because god forbid we hurt someones feelings! this country is turning into a bunch of pansies! there is nothing wrong with calling a spade a spade. It is the same reason why grandma gets strip searched in the airport and the guy with towel wrapped around his head goes stright through security! Because if you stop him your a racist or you are profiling. Well last time i checked grandma never tried to blow up an airplane or crash one into a building. When is this govt. gonna wake up? Being nice to the terrorist is not going to make him change his mind about the the US or the people in it!!!!

    January 21, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  81. Lizzie in L.A.

    Because they're scared to offend somebody. Well, they offended plenty of people - the AMERICAN people.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  82. DJ from Fort Walton Beach, Florida

    To be PC...there is no time for PC in a war like situation...period...

    January 21, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  83. Ralph Kaupa

    I believe it tells you just what this President is all about. He is un-American. So far he has attacked manufacturing, banks, unions, tea party members, auto companies, small businesses, large businesses, such as insurance companies; chamber of commerce, news outlets that do not agree with him and report facts, trying to shut down free speech, people who drive pickups, plumbers, doctors, insurance companies, and anyone making over $200,000 a year, democrats, independents, catholics, and law enforcement employees. So far he has not mentioned the lawyers, I wonder why. How will this person ever be re-elected?

    January 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  84. Pete - Augusta Ga

    Jack –

    The Pentagon's Report was to be a review of what happened at Ft Hood on that horrible day, not to interject their opinion of 'why' this tragedy occurred (that would lead to their opinion of motive ). Addressing the suspected shooters ties to Islam in todays environment could potentially compromise a future jury & stir even more anti-Islamic outrage among citizens & fellow military members, as your surveys suggest. The Pentagon's purview was to report the facts, which they have now done.
    The prosecutors & the press will have their opportunity to hammer us with their opinions of motives when this goes to trial.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  85. Joanne B

    Jack, because they were told to ignore by the higher ups – all the way up ! If you guys haven't figured out yet "what is what"..you never will.
    Joanne
    Mn

    January 21, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  86. linda in AR

    Think that the 'radical Islam' part of the Hasan investigation is under a separate investigation with at least 8 of Hasan's supervisors facing the inquiry. Gotta say that they are the ones who are supposed to be professional in assessing behavior that blew it.
    Is this a separate investigation limited to an after action report of the actual shooting?
    Think we need more info before we start shooting from the lip.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  87. Dan, Chantilly VA

    Islam is officially the new Communism. Liberals are trying too hard to disassociate terrorists and Islam while conservatives are trying to label all 1.5 billion Muslims as terrorists. Let's go back to using common sense. The fact that he was Muslim matters because it's an integral part of why it happened and what we can do to prevent it in the future. That doesn't mean that we should kick out all Muslim soldiers and it doesn't mean we should start profiling Muslims. It means that we need to pay more attention to warning signs, like when a soldier in the United States Army proselytizes about why the United States is evil.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  88. Don from Belleville, Ontario

    Perhaps because the Pentagon realizes that without the language speaking abilities of the Muslim portion of the US military, any possible success in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen or Pakistan would be next to impossible. Trying to ferret out any radical Islamic US soldiers would entail spying intensively on a portion of its own troops. Not great for morale.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  89. Maria from Minnesota

    Because we can never forget...Islam is the religion of peace. HA!

    January 21, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  90. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    It is like everything else that the government has anything to do with, just sweep it under the rug and hope everything goes away. They had rather keep the American people in the dark and feed them bull s__t. and ram it down our throats.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  91. Mike, Albuquerque, NM

    It may be that his actions were deemed to be the consequence of influences other than religion. The politics and war between Palestine and Isreal during the Gaza invasion last year would have been the stresser. No matter what your religion, the mental stress of seeing your friends, family being killed by Israeli soldiers daily on TV, with the support of America, would be enough to push anyone over the edge. Add to that the daily bullying and ridicule by fellow soldiers on the base, he wasn't pushed by religion to be homocidal. His devotion to Islam would have held him back from violence, until he snapped.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  92. J Atlanta

    The Pentagon ignores issues of religion for the same reason it ignores issues of gender. Political Correctness. God help us if we ever have to fight an actual, real, defend-the-motherland war given all the crap we have to wade through these days just to get to a particular point of common sense.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  93. Brian Delray Beach, FL

    It is just as Mr. Lehman says, we have gone overboard seeking political correctness. W seem to be willing to are seize grandma's knitting needles as terrorist weapons and to let a Muslim between the ages of 18 and 30 on a one way airline ticket paid for in cash with no luugage slide right on the plane and hope for the best. Travelling Muslims are going to be "it" for a long time to come. This security driven prejudice can be significantly mitigated when the US Muslim community starts running full page ads in newspapers and tv commercials denouncing suicide bombers and terorist crimnals in general. Even greater relief will come when a bunch of Muslims drag a terrorist into the police station and agree to testify. Until then be prepared to be vetted just like non-Muslim citizens.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  94. Michael Alexandria, VA

    The investigators fear they won't get promoted if they mention Islam, because they value their own careers over the truth. Their opinion of the President is a characature based on what they hear on Rush Limbaugh.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  95. Gigi Oregon

    Maybe they don't want to start a riot in the streets. By starting prejudice wars. Or maybe they realize extreme religious views are no different if it is Christian, Jewish or Islam. Fundamentalism is fundamentalism in every culture. The extreme. Many of us observe our faith in a manner that is the same. God is love, God is good and God is just. It is the same in all three religious beliefs. It is the fundamental views of each religion that is the problem to the others.
    I think I'm qualified to say that since I have family that are of the Islamic faith. They pray for us and we in-turn pray for them and with them. And let God do the sorting.
    The reason we have negative or fearful views of others is because of the hatred of those who intimidate spreading their so called fundamental religious opinions.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  96. Denis Duffy

    Perhaps they, like Obama, have their head hidden in the sand,,,,,,,,,or somewhere else.

    Denis
    Pittsburgh, Pa.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  97. prince11

    “Meanwhile a new Gallup poll shows 43 percent of Americans admit to feeling at least a little prejudice toward Muslims – that's more than twice the number who feel that way about Christians, Jews and Buddhists.”

    First lets just realize that Americans are actually some of the most accepting people of Muslim faith in the world, if you don’t believe me just see what’s happening in Denmark, France, and Switzerland, where polls percentage for being prejudice towerd Muslims are much higher then they are here.

    Secondly why did the government ignore his Muslim views because in this country we have to be politically correct for some friggin reason, and it seems that this president and liberal progressives think being PC is more important then our national security. IF we keep going like this and overlooking things because we can’t be seen as rasists then more fort hood shootings and things like it may happen in the future. Secure our boarders, and our national security first then we can start talking about being politically correct.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  98. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville, Texas

    Jack, everyone's gotten so "Politically Correct" that they've put blinders on. We've sanitized everything and we'vegotten to where we ignore everything.
    I'm not supposed to think bad things on, race, religion, creed, or sex. Well, someones religion got 13 soliders dead and 30-40 wounded. Now I'm supposed to turn the other cheek! HELL NO! Everyone is suspect. If no one has the courage to say "enough" then we are screwing ourselves. America was founded on principles, not PC waffling. My forefathers came to this country and learned "ENGLISH". They didn't push a button. They learned the language and took an oath to America. They didn't display their birth country flag. They left that country to become citizens of this country. They did for freedom. If someone wants me to respect them because their forefathers were wronged, I'll happily explain that my forefathers died to free them. But, you have to earn my respect, my family paid a price as well. My father was in the Korea involvement, his 3 older brothers were in the 8th Army Air Corps, Normandy, and the Pacific, in a little something called WWII.
    ..Now until you can explain why we prefer to let our nation and our loyalty falter to not offend someone, I'll be happy to listen. If someone who comes to this country and does not like it, then please feel free to go somewhere else, because Jack, if you've watched the countries in Europe, they are less hospitable to welcoming in folks.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  99. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    They are lazy and in denial. They just didn't take the time to communicate with eachother and compare notes and just hoped he'd be deployed soon and become someone else's problem.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  100. Steve Batts Edna Kansas

    Jack, Take a common Brick and hold a blow torch to it. The grasp it with both hands, and try to hit yourself in the head with it. The pentagon has a hot brick and it is burning them. NUFF SAID!

    January 21, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  101. Thom Richer

    Jack, unless I am mistaken, and I am regularly, I believe Islam is a religion. If so, and we (the government) claim not to profile races or religions, then that may be the reason. However, all of us know that is not quite 100% true. In this case, I guess, they just dropped the ball. We may and probably will not ever know for sure. If he had suddenly showed close ties to say, Catholicism, Judaism or any other religion, would that have been a red flag for them?

    Realistically though, Jack, wouldn't an American citizen in the armed forces with ties to Islam be a reasoned and justifiable suspicion of possible wrong doing? As much as I hate to admit it, I now believe it is. Not something I am proud of but if Homeland Security is to be taken seriously and its main goal is to protect America, profiling cannot be excluded in its preventive techniques. Time to stop making mistakes because of political correctness.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    January 21, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  102. Loren, Chicago

    Because the President has made clear to the military that he won't accept placing blame on Islamic fundamentalism and the top military serves at the pleasure of the President. In other words, the President is playing hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  103. Ronald Holst

    It could Be Called Stop Loss !! Couldn't it .
    Ron
    San Antonio , TX.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  104. EugeneWiese

    Don't ask don't tell. Islam is a religion. Murder is murder.The shooter will be prosecuted,and I hope sentenced severly,by a military court. I guess the next comment will be did the military do a better job than a civil court would have done? Gene

    January 21, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  105. Mike from Denver

    Simple, it is human nature. No one like to admit when they made a mistake.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  106. Linda in Arizona

    It can only be political correctness carried to absurdity, and the cover-up of the Army's failure to stop him when they should have.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  107. Greg - Minneapolis, MN

    Come on Jack, the reasons are obvious. The slightest perception of insulting Islam is more than enough to bring protestors out in force. We saw it with the Danish cartoonist, we see it with mere rumors of the Qur'an being treated with disrespect. Until we can look at ANY example of "religious" extremism with suspicion and not be afraid of the reaction, be it Islam with the Fort Hood shooter, or Christianity with the likes of Timothy McVeigh & Terry Nichols, we will be losing the battle against terrorism fueled by the perversion of religion.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  108. Lynn, Columbia, Mo.

    What religion was the man who shot eight people in Virginia? Maybe the Pentagon has finally realized there is too much fear, hatred and religious intolerance in the land of the free and the home of the brave. We should be above that. Hasan wanted out of the military. Perhaps they should have listened to that. When you push someone up against a wall with no way out, they will fight back. I wouldn't want to go kill other Catholics if I had joined the military in a time of peace. We need to think and learn instead of always reacting with panic and fearmongering.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  109. Jed in Chico, CA

    When we call for a war against "radical Islam," "radical" becomes a subjective term and may lead some to believe that all Muslims are radical because their belief system is different from mtheir own. What, Jack, do you propose defines "radical" Islam? Is it just Muslim terrorists we should be on guard against? Wouldn't it be simpler to be at war with all who have a philosphy that intens harm to American interests? Islam, radical or otherwise, isn't the enemy. The enemy is the enemy.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  110. EugeneWiese

    We don't need a third party;however, with today's supreme court decision,maybe corporation(s) will enable someone to get the funding they need to mount a charge with a third party. Gene

    January 21, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  111. K

    you want to be politcally correct don't you???

    January 21, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  112. Russ

    Jack, This is nothing more than an example of an administration that has shown time and again,, they are more concerned with not offending or upsetting anyone including our enemies than actually investigating and punishing those that want to do us great harm. This is again displayed in the fool hearty idea of giving the Christmas Day bomber full rights and due process of a citizen as opposed to treating him for what he is, an enemy combatant. However, none of this should surprise any of us when you consider these are the same folks that demanded that those in the White-house refrain from using the term terrorists. It must have seemed to barbaric for their senses!

    January 21, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  113. Don from Belleville, Ontario

    Because the Pentagon wisely recognizes that delving into any soldier's religion is opening an ugly and complicated can of worms. Plus it is a most difficult thing to do discreetly or fairly.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  114. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Any abnormal or extreme behavior begins within the mind of the individual. Asking this question as it is phrased indicates ties to Islam would be the problem, and it is clearly not.

    Much like you and I Jack, as recovering alcoholics the culpability was not our ties to the local bar or the patrons, but our flawed psyches that created the harmful and destructive behavior. There are a billion people with ties to Islam, but only an infinitesimal fraction of Muslims who go to the dysfunctional extreme. Like any society or culture there are paradoxes, dysfunction begins within a single human being.

    So to ignore Islam is the correct decision to determine the root cause of the problem, a mentally ill person.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  115. PAUL

    Because the government is afraid of criticizing religion. Any religion. Any time.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  116. Jim Murphrey

    Jack:

    This is a glaring example of a rule observed by the military (and any other bureaucratic organization). That rule is that if you, as a supervisor, see something alarming in reviewing your direct reporting staffs performance, you hedge your comments and either promote him or pass him on to someone else to deal with. That is the safest way to advance your career.

    Jim in Texas

    January 21, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  117. Annie, Atlanta

    You’re giving the Pentagon too much credit, Jack. Maybe those involved in the investigation didn’t have the smarts to connect the dots, or to even know there might be dots to connect. And that's quite disconcerting.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  118. Rusty2Nail

    The Pentagon is right to ignore Islam in the report, because the next mass-murderer on a US army base will likely hold different religious beliefs.

    He or she could be a Christian, like the Oklahoma City Bombers or Ted Kazinski were.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  119. Julian

    For the same reason that no one ever mentions the fact that 14 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, and why Bin Laden's family was flown out on a private plane despite reports that they would be interrogated–many of the U.S.'s most prominent politicians (The Bush family) have had lucrative business ties to extremist Muslims. That is why everything gets sugar-coated in regards to Islamic extremism.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  120. Pete - Augusta Ga

    Jack –

    The Pentagon is simply following the lead of their Commander in Chief – remember President Obama's response to the Christmas Day 'underwear bomber'? No mention then of radical Islam, terrorists, etc – even though he was caught not only with his pants down, but on fire!!!

    January 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  121. James

    I don't think a person's religion have much to do with what they do, the didn't say his religion because it isn't important, and doesn't show his motive, when a christian person does this, no one really says anything about his religion but when a Muslim does this its unacceptable, that sounds a little hypocritical to me.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  122. Darrell Davis

    As a 25 year veteran of the Army, I can tell you they will not admit they were wrong. The military is soooo PC they are afraid of offending someone, especially a Muslim. This is a tragedy of epic proportions. We saw how long it took to get close to the bottom of the Tillman killing.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  123. Don

    Over the course of my 25 years in the military, I have seen the Pentagon "Leadership" become brow beaten into political correctness. The Bush Administration ran out the ney sayers after 9-11 and only after years of bad war policy made a move to a new SECDEF. Now of course the political correctness of the Obama Administration has taken hold and the Pentagon reflects this. We lose Soldiers every day in combat but we are not "at war with terrorists".

    January 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  124. calvin

    The way the currant bunch in office treat war crime why should the army be and differant. use all the lope hole give crooks so they can get off to.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  125. Julie Gooden

    Ties to Islam are not mentioned RE the Ft. Hood shooter because this country's "powers- that- be" have an irrational need to appear to be politically correct at all times. When are they going to wake up and smell the coffee?!

    January 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  126. Laurent Iadeluca

    iT'S SIMPLE JACK. They're the military and as such are accustomed to do things in the manner which they deem to be suitable; having to explain themselves to another party becomes an affront to their authority. They simply feel that they don't have to explain anything to anyone, even if its constitutionally correct. Like politicians they chose to ignore the real question.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  127. Jackie from Oregon

    Perhaps because of political corectness? PC being recently described as "a doctrine which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely
    possible to pick up a pile of shit by the clean end."

    January 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  128. Mike Fm Hoquiam

    Jack,
    The problem is the military and how it operates. Remember the Govt prides itself in the advancement of Minorities...U have a bunch of White Generals who do the promoting..and you have the white Col's and Maj's who are also trying to get promoted. So if you have a record of not advancing minorities then you are concidered a racist and when you get passed over 3 or 4 times for advancement you get showed the door. All a minority in the military or any other govt job has to do is file a discrimination complaint and you get the job and the Col and Maj get showed the door...Its not what you know, but what race you are...

    January 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  129. Richard

    It shows just how radical religion can become when the mind of reasoning gets out of the way. Thats why there should be seperation of chuch and state. Period

    January 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  130. Marie (Portland,Oregon)

    Simple...most Americans can't tell the difference between radical islam and your everyday islam. There is a difference and its important that the media educate the public or we could have a backlash against innocent muslims in this country. Remember Vietnam, WWII and what happened to those asian citizens living in this country.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  131. Ken in NC

    The Pentagon choose to ignore the Fort Hood shooter's ties to Islam in its report for the same reasons it did not take action to avert the tragedy at Ft. Hood. They did not want to be accused of religious discrimination or profiling. I think we have passed the point in our country where we have to allow these types of instances to take place simply so as not to offend. In this as well as many other instances, the risk of offending a person or group of people would far out weigh the horrors that have resulted from not taking actions.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  132. Christofer McCleland

    I would imagine that the pentagon would not like to have on record that they were housing, training and paying Islamic extremist. It would be pretty hard to convince the American people that they can keep us safe if they cant monitor their own military.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  133. Joseph Kavanaugh

    Jack,
    The government has to play down the religous aspect of what has happened knowing that americans would truly dispise the islamic religion. It's kinda like aliens from another planet. We kinda feel they are out there but do you think the government would tell us if they did know? No,, They would not want mass hesteria... By the way Jack, what planet are you from?

    Postal Joe
    Rock Hill, NY

    January 21, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  134. Chris Hall

    The way you phrase your question says it all. Millions of Americans have "ties to Islam"; only a tiny few have ties to radical Islam. Perhaps the Pentagon wished to be cautious because the distinction seems to be lost on so many Americans.

    Chris Hall
    Ontario

    January 21, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  135. Chris

    The Pentagon downplayed Hasan's involvement with the shooting because they realize that to highlight radical Islam would be incendiary. They are very much afraid of other soldiers who may have similar views to Hasan and don't wish to push them over the edge as well. Can you imagine if soldiers started shooting each other on other American bases? It'd be chaos.

    Also, don't forget Islam is not the only threat. Other radical views, such as those of the KKK and Neonazism, also call for the overthrow of our government.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  136. KEN SPALDING

    Maybe the Pentagon is under orders NOT to mention, much less criticize, Islam, since our military runs on Middle East oil.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  137. Charles in Lawrence, NJ

    The 1st amendment “establishment clause” of the constitution excludes action by the government on religion, including profiling, the framers didn’t foresee religion becoming a weapon. Also we don’t wish to freeze to death in the dark as we ride our bikes and horses instead of cars. Corporate America plays footsy with Saudi Arabia for profit, and corporations run America.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  138. Rich

    Because their last and current commander and chief has ordered them to.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  139. Baboo Bingo

    The left romances the jihad; pinko lefty commie islamist apologists infest the State Department and Pentagon.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  140. lee yoblonski

    I'm Canadian. It seems to me that politicians etc. ingnoring the facts is because they are allowing wholesale into our countries these muslims from the mid east with their extremist views. I think only God can help us, don't depend on the people we elect.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  141. etherbunny

    Jack, yes, ISLAMIC fundamentalism should have been included in Maj. Hasan's file, but the really important word is FUNDAMENTALISM. Doesn't matter which religion you espouse, a fundamentalist is a fundamentalist, and a whole big bunch of those folks are dangerous.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  142. sisi

    Perhaps, they "know " the difference between "Islam: and "the extremists" which is a lot more than I can say for most Americans. Perhaps your question should have been "why did they not mention his EXTREME views of Islam. I am wondering how many Americans have actually read the Koran? How many of those that that said they view Islam as unfavorable actually EVEN KNOW what Islam teaches. Business as usual. Have an opinion without knowing why you have it.

    Sisi in Florida!

    January 21, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  143. Xica

    It doesn't matter that is why they didn't mention it. It was an act of terror, not a Muslim act of terror. What ever Hasan's reason/religion, the military has to enact change that will prevent all terrorism within their ranks, not just Muslim terrorism. Hasan made a personal choice to become a terrorist despite (not because of) his religion.
    Not all Muslims are terrorists and the media should be more like the military and stop suggesting that link!

    January 21, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  144. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Political correctness gone out of control. Heaven forbid that ANYONE be offended for any reason. PC is only getting worse every day!!

    I happen to be politically INCORRECT and proud of it!

    January 21, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  145. nacer from Canada

    well its simple

    it is time to change the view about the islam. everytime, when there is a shooting or murder. we look for a muslim or a alqaida. Why you dont look at christian or jews radical, when it comes to other crime.

    CNN promote some kind of pannic about muslim. Before to look at the religion to blame, should look to his past.

    Shooting in USA are not new. But cause this guy embrasse islam
    now his a treat

    i feel sorry for you USA
    you need to go deeper to understand
    thanks

    from Canada
    Nacer

    January 21, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  146. Dave Roberts

    This is polical correctness gone horribly wrong. If Nadal had been a pro-life or pro-choice activist or a "conservative", or even a tea-partyer" we would have heard about that in a report. When will we admit that Islamic extremists are what we're really up against.

    Dave
    Springfield, MO

    January 21, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  147. Ryan (Arizona State University)

    Why would the US want to generate more promotional ammunition for extremists? By linking Islam to this shooting, groups like Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabaab can use that to gather more Muslim support, as the "War on Terror" could then be viewed as an overall War on Islam. The Pentagon made the right choice in distancing a hijacking of a religion from the religion itself. These extremists are waging a war that is a polar opposite of a universal perspective of Islam, and this report, along with the Bible codes recently found in American-made Afghan Army guns, could enable calls of a "Crusader Campaign" once again.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  148. Nabil

    Jack,

    The Pentagon is plain ignorate. I'm an American muslim and pround to be an American. I have no problem with loosing my own rights to protect our people and our country. I don't think they should feel bad to do right thing which is if somone is looks or does suspesious things, then we have an obligation to investigate. Jack keep up the good work... You're great!!!

    Nabil

    January 21, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  149. mike duggan

    why would they put forth a pc response??? DUH,,, because hacks like you have pushed that agenda down america's throats for years. If they had acted on his actions you and others in the media would have been all over the army about how he was being profiled and his rights had been violated.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  150. Frank

    Until we acknowledge who is conducting over 95% of the terrorist attacks against the United States, we'll continue dragging on with the war on terror. We can't fight an enemy we have yet to fully acknowledge. Maybe we will after a mushroom cloud is over one or more of our cities. Frank from San Antonio, Tx

    January 21, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  151. Roman, Butler, Pa

    Fear Jack. plain and simple, Fear. So much of that going around these days. I wonder why? Could it be because the military and the U. S. government would fear a backlash here in our own country from Muslims?

    I wonder how it is that the Koran has similar writings in it as does the Roman Catholic Bible? Could it be Mohammad copied some of it and wrote things other than what God intended to guide people? It's interesting, the Koran was written many centuries later after the Bible.

    There is only One God, Jack and One Church. And, I do believe He's going to point that out in a really big way.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  152. ahmed salaheldin

    I think the report did not mension anything about ties to Islam because the report was fair and deals with FACTS.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  153. magnolia

    the reason why the pentagon choose this its because it is a cop out, it is due to our president it is he who at that time did not take a stand and called the ft hood shooter a TERRORIST after all the pentagon is beeing run by the president of the united states they really dont have a choice to vote truthfully. Jack this country is going so bad into the left ever since the speaker of the house nancy and looser reed have started there closed doors decision it is appaulling me. CHANGE what CHANGE a CHANGE for policys behind closed doors, i had enough.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  154. Harry

    You said it Paul. The government is afraid of reporting on religiously motivated behavior that is outside the realm of reasonableness. The refusal to report and or take reasonable measures with militants may be more threatening to us than the scam of TSA scanning machines. It's time for us to wake up and take action BEFORE it's too late.

    Harry in Virginia

    January 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  155. ken m.

    Jack, It's all about the military not wanting to bring out to the public the new fear the odds that this is going to happen alot more than just this act against america, think just how many poeple who live in america think very badly about america, and if they bring this out it to them will open a can of worms they donot want opened,it would inrage far more to do even worse, your friend you known for years sets up a killing fieldas to draw more to there fight, we have managed to open this country to thousands of in country attacks. just to get the goverment to let americans know just how in danger we really are. ken

    January 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  156. Mike

    I'm pretty sure that if you look at Christianity (the one religion that is responsible for more cultural extinction than any other throughout time) that it's the one mostly responsible for the majority of the prejudice.

    The DOD (specifically the Army since the other branches are downsizing) has been 'putting people in boots' for the last several years based on it's desperate need for more people. If you were to look at the demographics of the people that have joined the DOD's ranks, it would shock even the most liberal.

    The Army faces a broken NCO and Officer corps based on it's loosened entry requirements, discipline, and accountability of its ranks through the last several years. The issues are now only beginning to surface.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  157. Mode (PDX)

    Jack,

    When a person is charged with murder, their religion is never a relevant fact regarding the criminality of such an act.

    Even if Nidal's Muslim friends were co-conspirators–its the conspiracy and the murder that is the issue, not the religion.

    More than that, the military (unlike the chumps who often celebrate the military) does not want to defame a religion as legitimate as Islam. The US military is a tight group and most of these people are very much into the freedom of religion. I don't think these soldiers want to step on a religion just because Nidal snapped.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  158. yvonne

    It has become extremely dangerous to voice an opinion for an individual. Any time you voice an opinion on a blog, and you just say why you do not agree with an act, or an opinion, you are shot down as bigotted. I have also noticed, that on some blogs only certain commentlines are printed, or remain. All others are *scrubbed*. I do not know why there is no official opinion about the Ft Hood shooter. There could be any number of political, diplomatic or influence peddling reasons, and some other ones I can not think of right this minute.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  159. David Williams, Louisville, KY

    Jack, i have one answer for you. Whats your religion?

    January 21, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  160. Joel from New York

    They are being "politically correct" of course while being "security stupid" Jack if your camp in the woods was being frequently attacked and you saw bear prints everywhere, would you grab your rifle and go duck hunting?

    January 21, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  161. noreen

    Hi,
    If you ever went into chat room on yahoo that is mostly american people in there, you would see the hatred to muslims. The wars have did that. They don't talk about catholics as all child molestors. People need to educate themselves before talking. The media don't help, buy saying muslim extremeists. They are extremeists period. There is good and bad in every nationality and religion. I read the Quran and i believe in what it says. I was not born into that religion but i believe in what the Quran says and that was after i turned 57. If they made it all about islam then you would be having more murders in your country and it wouldn't be muslims commiting them. We will all be judged in front of God one day and and i hope the people with so much hatred decide to open their eyes before that day comes. Just because binladen is a terrorist does not mean islam is bad but lot of american people do believe it is just on how words are used.
    canada

    January 21, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  162. Jim-Las Vegas

    Jack; You;re not surprised in the Pentagon report. As a former Army Officer I can tell you that none of his supervisory commanders wanted to create more paperwork for themsleves by including his radical actions in his Efficiency Reports. If they had done their jobs correctly he would have been out of the military and this may not have happened.
    Jim

    January 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  163. Nancy Chaplin

    In a recent book (The History Of Disbelief) Salman Rushdie, now a self-described atheist, says that our well-intentioned embrace of multiculturalism and "never wanting to offend "could prove deadly. Being of this ilk, this issue is very difficult for me. We cannot ignore the reality of religiously-based Islamic terrorism. Hopefully, we can find a proper balance between reality and and ethical tolerance.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  164. john ..... marlton, nj

    They realize the Islam issue was irrelevant . Frankly, If the military truly sought to profile a religion as the reason or cause for terrorism in the world, they would profile the jewish religion and people from Isreal and its funding stream from the US.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  165. Ed from California

    Jack, Bush said," Were not at war against Islam". Were at war against the screwballs who hide behind it. Did you know that more people died in the name of Christ, than in all the wars together. Should we hate the Catholics? A lot of us, including me have become complacent. We were attacked, but now we forgot about it. We've moved on to the next big thing, jobs,health care, the economy. You know, the next bait and switch. What is really needed and badly are spies on the ground. Our eyes and ears, the same ones that Karl Rove pointed out to our enemies.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  166. etherbunny

    One more thing, if a patient or "lower-level" medical professional has a problem with a Doctor, they will have absolutely ZERO chance of making a report that is believed. Thanks.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  167. Arlene, Illinois

    Way too much "Political Correctness" in this world!

    January 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  168. scott

    Jack....everyone knows but no one can say

    January 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  169. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    I would say that they wanted to appease the Muslim world, to show the world that we trust them and they could be working for the betterment of mankind but the fact IS that most every Muslim would help his brother (we are not considered as their brothers)in their fight against freedom.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  170. robert fox

    as evidenced by our governments continued failure to protect our citizens from the invasion of illegals entering and stealing benifits to which they seem to feel entitled , why than would you expect any investigation into Fort Hood to uncover any evidance of a traitor muslam in our military?

    January 21, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  171. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    It's better to pretend that a religion, whose fundamentalists think that god orders them to kill non-believers, is not a factor. We don't want to offend anyone, even in the face of facts. Better to ignore those facts all together. If we bury our head in the sand, we'll be a safer nation since we won't actually see any of the problems coming. Good job.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  172. Tom from Vermilion, Ohio

    Back door funding, political and otherwise from obscenely high income earners within our borders who have ties with Islam. The Pentagon does not want to bite the hands that feed them. Today's Supreme Court ruling concerning Corporate Advertising can only help Islam in the taking over of this country.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  173. james

    Major Hasans' religion was no more important than the religion of the Virginia man who killed eight people and had explosives discovered in his home. Is Christopher Speight any less a terrorists because he's a christian?

    January 21, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  174. magnolia

    Jack it is about time that someone is taking a stand on CNN besides FOX news, I am really starting to watch more of CNN because of you and your comments someone is finally speaking out on your net work. Thank You Jack for that.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  175. Phyllis Buckner

    The Elephant(s) in the room boils down to the thousands of moslems immigrated to the US and allowed to educate their children in the mosques by radical leaders that we have tolerated. What can you expect?. They have no desire to assimilate and be a part of US, they want to replace us. And we are bending over backwards to be politically correct and handing it over to them with a big bow on top. If these moslems reallly do want a new life, why would they let these leaders engrain hateful radical, opinions of the US. If we are so bad, why do they want to be here.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  176. John Thomason

    Jack,

    I am commenting on your Islam issue, but more than that, to include Haiti and humanity so please follow me in this. The world's response, albeit governments, institutions, organizations, religions and certainly people, have been for lack of a better word...HUMANE. I would very much like to know the support to Haiti from Islam, the Taliban and Al Quaeda...hmmm. Perhaps when the "dust settles" (in Haiti) a list of such contributors can be compiled and published. If nothing more, I would expect their likes to at least declare a truce in the mame and killing at this most reverant time. I, for one, would rejoice in seeing their names listed, but if not, condemn them to hell.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  177. Patricia fromMassahusetts

    The bottomline is that the military has allowed extremist in the ranks for years, the pro-nazi, pro-white extremists have been harbored, and protected by the military for years. The military is used to covering for hate crimes and have done so repeatedly when trying to cover up violence against and the deaths of american minorities (blacks, hispanics, asians, women, homosexuals ...) for years. The fact that they are now covering for an extremist who happens to also be muslin is what has white america in shock mode. Guess what the military is going to CYA reagrdless of skin color, religion etc., remember all men are equal in the eyes of God and maybe now in the military too.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  178. Ayreann

    As others, I believe it has everything to do with "Political Correctness." However, I'd say it's equally as likely, that they are also in fear of greedy lawyers and frivolous lawsuits.

    I find it to be shear stupidity that they lump all Islamic beliefs together. Our government can be said to be as much to blame for the American people's view of the Islamic religion as the radical Islamic groups out there.

    The Islamic religion as a whole can no more be held accountable for the radical Islamic groups out there today, then the Catholic religion of today can be held accountable for the Spanish Inquisition or the Crusades from yesteryears.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  179. Faisal

    I think the pentagon did a smart thing. I think that because people do things not religions. So making Islam the main focus would not be relevant because their is still blame to go around. Especially on the army for not acting upon the warning signs. So I applaud the pentagon for doing what they did in this report.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  180. Doug Fisher from New Hampshire

    The Pentagon knows where its bread is buttered. They are symptomatic of our PC culture rich in lawyers and poor in common sense. It is a horrible tragedy that the Fort Hood shootings are a direct result of this. More tea-bags less sleaze bags! Doug from New Hampshire

    January 21, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  181. Fred

    Why not? We wouldn't want to offend a known killer. Would we?

    January 21, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  182. john j. grimes Watertown, Ma.

    The Pentagon never uses logic when it comes to answers for neglect. There was zero security when the USS Cole was left unprotected in Yemen. There was zero security when our Marines died in Lebanon and there was a total lack of common sense used by high ranking officers at Fort Hood.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  183. A. Smith, Oregon

    When Army soldiers are seen embracing or suspected of Gay or Lesbian activity's at the Fort Hood Base, Lt. Gen. Robert Cone the base commander routinely orders covert teams to follow and photograph the soldiers to find out if there is reason for a court martial.

    It is a blatant Army Whitewash for Lt. Gen. Robert Cone to portray a member of his own officers Medical Staff wasn't being watched, reported on and that his fellow staff officers didn't report their suspicions to Lt. Gen. Robert Cone directly themselves on Maj. Hasan's activity's and prior statements leading up to the largest case of Fratricide ever committed in Army history.

    Lt. Gen. Robert Cone should immediately be relieved of his duty's as Fort Hood base commander and held in a stockade pending charges of gross neglect and dereliction of duty in not following up on the complaints and reports of terrorist links to one of his own Medical staff officers directly in his care.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  184. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The answer is simple, Hasan was totally ignored as a non-person.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  185. ZG

    The Pentagon was right in not associating Islam with the unfortunate acts of Nidal Malik Hasan at Ft. Hood. His religous beliefs are not what influenced him to commit the shooting. He acted out of his own choosing. Islam does not condone the killing of innocent people in any situation and Hasan's case is no different. The ignorance of the American public is what drives the media to make such statements about the relationship between Islam and terror. The Muslim name, Nidal Malik Hasan, and his association with the Mosque just serves as fuel for the media. Although, if a Christian or Jewish man commits a crime, his religious beliefs are never an issue. For example, the Virginia gunman, Christopher B. Speight, who killed 8 innocent people before shooting down the police chopper on January 19th, 2010. His religous beliefs were never mentioned as a motive for his shooting. I believe the the media disregarding his faith in his killing is something that all people are entitled to, not only Christians and Jews.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  186. terri

    Jack, I think you answered your own question with the poll you quoted previous to it. Americans don't understand Islam. It is natural for those to fear what they don't understand. Yet, Islam is not the problem, fundamentalism is the problem. After what happened in Waco, Texas and the Oklahoma City bombing I'm am thankful that the US military understands the enemy is not one particular group or religion, but those who have extremist and deadly beliefs and are bent on acting on those beliefs. The military being too "PC" is not the issue. The real issue is how our institutions deal with those who have such beliefs before it's too late.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  187. not a bigot

    David Williams, Louisville, KY January 21st, 2010 6:25 pm ET

    Jack, i have one answer for you. Whats your religion?

    David,
    Jack's religion is called Bigot in this country

    January 21, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  188. Togo

    From MD

    Not mentioning this made the U.S. Army seem afraid, and too concerned with political correctness. But, they did not need to make it the 'main' issue, like Mr. Cafferty implied. People like the Ft. Hood shooter are mentally troubled and things that influenced them to commit such acts need to be mentioned, however it should not be made the single most important apect. The DC sniper was Chrisitan, but no one cares to mention that. His views of Islam may have led him to such an act, but it is more important to study his psychology than his religious views.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  189. Rahim

    I don't know Jack, why is it CNN defended the White Virginia murderer who killed 8, reporting on how he was such a "nice guy" and how shocked they were he did this. Isn't it funny how whenever Whites or Christians commit a HORRID crime, its so unbelievable and unlikely, but when it's a person of color they can't wait to throw the death penalty at him.

    Perhaps, Jacks, the experts were able to access other reasons why he committed these crimes, aside from the fact he was Muslim. I'll take there word over yours, considering you receive highly opinionated third party information.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  190. Amin

    For the same reason that the religion of criminals and terrorists such as Timothy Mcveigh have not become a focus in a criminal investigation. ISLAM IN THIS CASE IS IRRELAVANT. The sheer fact that you have posed such a question is a sad reflection of the unfair and discriminatory double-standard placed upon Muslims.

    The Pentagon and the mass media has never felt the need Nor the "righteous" obligation to mention and dissect the religion of individuals such as the infamous BTK killer, neo-Crusaders such as the founder of Blackwater (Erik Prince), or the recent Virginia rampage shooter Christopher Speight who is responsible for the GRUESOME MURDER 8. Speight even managed to SHOOT DOWN A POLICE HELICOPTER.

    Double-standard much???

    January 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  191. Emma

    Jack,
    You are inciting hatred against Muslims. Same on you

    January 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  192. mario ca

    Do we have to ask every murderer which religion they believed in. Your question today point to all Islams specially in the state. I continue to believe in a good faith for every human being, but if your are looking for the devil there is plenty and they are the ones with no faith at all, just like the guy from fort Hood who killed so many peoples in just few minutes, just like the other one who just killed eight peoples and the youngest was four years old, evil is everywhere no matter the religion,they pretended to be

    January 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  193. Bob

    Blame the minority groups like LaRaza, ACLU, NAACP, etc. They are always yelling racial profiling well there you go you want NO profiling (even though in reality most of the profiling is CRIMINAL profiling) then don't complain when these idiots do what we all know they are going to do. We are making 60 year old white, asian, black, etc female grandma's take off thier shoes at airports and you ask why... Simply so the security people can say "see no racial profiling". What a country we have! Oh hear that the toilet is flushing.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  194. yvonne

    The report was *fair* and *deals with facts*. The facts are, that the man had contacted a Yemeni Religious Muslim Leader, that he shouted Islamic phrases during the shootout, apparently, is that fair, or is it not fair? That does not accuse or convict ALL, or even MOST mulsim. It fairly deals with facts about this particular individual and his particular associations. Fair and factual is also, that one can not mention these associations of this particular man, or others like him, because many muslim, even those who have nothing to do with these kinds of militants, feel that it speaks for them, and for all muslim. It does not. We are, essentially, under a gag order, all of us, until muslim the world over recognize they have a problem in their ranks and deal with it, openly and vocally.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  195. Pierre Alexes

    Call these islamist radicals exactly what they stand for. Forget this nonsence of political correctness. Do you remember when Pope Paul II embraced a copy of the coran where it is written in S V, verse 56 not to befriend christians because they are perverts. Also the so-called "doctors of Islam" who claim that humans were created from co-agulated blood. What a farce!

    January 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  196. luis

    well i think the united states has been brainwashed by these aclu activist so bad its has gone all the way to our top ranked generals in the field.Jack we need to investigate these so called leaders in our chain of command like our public relations director in the army and so forth.These guys are put there by washington to cover there butts when things go bad.These are hidden people in our rank who think its incorrect to sterotype people or racially profile someone who is arab dissent.Let me remind washington that these isalmic jihad people hate us and will stop at nothing short but the united states total distruction we need to wake up pick up that big stick and kick some ass to get there attention that we are the united states of america not the aclu of america.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  197. nancy

    The administration is intentionally disguising the incident and not acknowledging that this person attacked Fort Hood because he wanted to "kill americans". Not only did he speak against the "U. S. war against Muslims" but while he was shooting he cried out what jihadists cry. He should be tried as an enemy combatant. The administration is cozying up to the enemy.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  198. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    Political correctness.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  199. Camille

    The answer: The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon fears that using the word 'Islam' in any official statement or document will only further anger muslims who already view these wars as ' a war against Islam' and not against terrorism. So, once again the Pentagon has to 'walk the line'.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  200. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    The reason the troops at Ft Hood and students and teachers died in schools like Virginia Tech are criminal protection zones because it is politically incorrect for people who qualify to carry concealed weapons for safety. Reason..You guessed it..Political correctness kills!

    PC is an excuse for not taking responsibility or accountability or placing blame where it needs to be placed or just doing the right thing or your job. Be careful... the PC Police watching and with their lawyers every thing!!!

    January 21, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  201. Camille

    The answer: The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon fears that using the word 'Islam' in any official statement or document will only further anger muslims who already view these wars as ' a war against Islam' and not against terrorism. So, once again the Pentagon has to 'walk the line'.

    Camille
    St. Louis, MO

    January 21, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  202. Ayad Iraqi

    The most drastic measure is to generalize.
    Will it be sound and logical to say all christians are crusadors, especially when the "US Army" (which is christian in magority) is using weapons engraved with Biblical references?
    The consequences of occupation and wars in Iraq are not less significant that the consequences of man-made disasters in the US, UK, and Spain.
    Why being blinded by double standards and forget human reasoning?

    Violance creates nothing than violance... wars creates what is called "terrorism", regardless the offending entities or the circumstances...

    Ayad Iraqi from Florida.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  203. M Taylor

    I burns my butt when people say it has nothing to do with Islam. It has everything to do with Islam. I watched a video on youtube about how the middle east countries profile their own people when it comes to security issues and we can't? No we are going to detain the 85 yr. old woman that can't even carry her own bags or hardly walk, but we have to let the Muslim behind her go through. It has everything to do with Islam. Wake up America. Our lives depend on it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 21, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  204. Ed

    When you sheer a sheep...it's still a sheep!

    January 21, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  205. Rick Baucom

    As for Hassan, he was allowed to stay on because too many cowardly dorks in his chain of command were afraid they would be chastised if they complained about him. All US military should be reported and investigated in order to weed out criminals, religious fanatics, gang members, drunks and gamblers. Our national security is in jeopardy when these losers are allowed to remain in our military.

    It is time to ditch the "anti-profiling" nonsense. Profiling is reality. I am sorry that some people may feel discriminated against but that is life. Yes, I am aware of B.W.D. Get over it! I get profiled every time I fly. I have artificial joints because of arthritis. I have to go through a full security check each time coming or going. I don't like because I am a US Army veteran and former NSA analyst and had a TS clearance plus I have to have a background check every 5 years that I have to pay for !
    Yet, I get the full Monty before every flight. I believe TSA goes out of it's way to make me and others like me toe the inspection line in order to make it look good to the rest of the other people in line who have various skin colors and/or wearing religious regalia.
    It is hard to be an Eagle when one has to work with so many turkeys!

    January 21, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  206. Alex in Wisconsin

    Because it's just as important as the religions of other home grown terrorists. When it's Islam, its terrorism. When it's a Christian shooting people in the name of their beliefs, its just a normal everyday crime. The kicker is that the people who want to make Islam out to be more evil than it are the the same people more likely to support the men and women who kill doctors over the abortion issue.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  207. noreen

    Please, the teliban and al'quaeda are not Islam they are no different than any other murder in any other country no mater what religion they are ,so don't put terrorist to Islam. Binladen is not a good muslim an the teliban and al'quaeda are mass murders not good muslims.
    Canada

    January 21, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  208. Jim ColganMD

    Jack, political correctness caused them to look the other way. With all those out of wory trial lawyers at the ACLU who would blame them? Most muslems hate us here in the USA and we need to understand that. Jim ColganMD

    January 21, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  209. Nunya

    Because whoever wrote the report sees the larger problem in the abstract terms of any religious extremists rather than just those who happen to be Islamic?

    January 21, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  210. Amin (17 years old) From Lexington, KY

    It seems as though the pundits and media GATEKEEPERS who run the skewed show feel as though it is necessary and proper to ensure that the American public is force-fed and brainwashed to believe that every Muslim or who committs a crime is a "terrorist islamist militant sleeper-cell ticking-time-bomb-waiting-to-happen radicalized extremist" while, at the same time, these very entities brush aside and do not once think that the religious views of an equally dangerous criminal who happens to be Christian or Jewish are a demographically reflective national security threat.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  211. Gary Teran

    I am not surprised to see that 1/3 of the people poled are not supportive of the Islamic religion. Who could blame them. We are pressured to be politically correct and tolerant towards Islam while they are taught to be hateful of our religions and way of life. I believe that this trend will continue to worsen if Islamic Clerics and Countries to not start teaching tolerence and understanding of others. Islamic Clerics who preach world dominance should be muffled.
    As far as profiling, I also believe this will continue to worsen until the leaders of the Islamic faith weed out the extremist views. The U.N should set minimum educational standards for all member countries and monitor these programs so that the next generations will be a peaceful partners on this earth.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  212. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, the reason the radical nature of this man's crime can't be labelled "Islamic terrorism" is because the President said it wasn't, and he said it wouldn't be labelled a terrorist act. The Prez is the Pentagon's BOSS and if Obama says it is NOT Islamic terrorism, well, then good little soldiers can't label it terrorism. Nor will they list the diversity program as part of the problem. They are literally FORCED to follow policy from D.C. or they will pay a huge price in their careers.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  213. Khurram

    Why is it that when a person who happens to belong to Islam faith, and does something wrong, the faith is blamed and when someone else belonging to any faith does something wrong, that person is blamed? Why is it that we teach peace and then we blame an entire religion or even a version of the religion?

    You think all your viewers are diverse knowledge enough to know between one version of islam to the other? They take it as Islam and next thing you know, you have created a war. Then you ask why a young regular mainstram muslim guy happen to all of a sudden try to do something terrorizing. THIS IS YOUR REASON! Not everyone has the mindset and patience, some people are short tempered...they hear stuff like this and go do something stupid.

    When biblical verses are found on guns, which are being used in Muslim areas of the globe, no one pointed to radical christianity? No one tried to connect the dots with the Crusaders? What is fair for one, its fair for all. Do not be discriminatory.

    Media is a strong power...use it wisely.

    ITS GOOD THAT RELIGION WAS NOT MENTIONED.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  214. James in anaheim california

    They care not about the security of the american people and the Pentagon better start caring. Didnt the Ft. Hood shootings give them a clue about Hasan's terrorists ties to islam? I guess the near bombing on Christmas morning of a southwest airline flight didnt do it either. They ought to back over the defense budget and buy themselves a clue Jack!

    January 21, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  215. Bob

    As an aside, Jack, I may have missed these numbers. How much had Al-Qaida chipped in for the Haiti Earthquake relief? Anything in from the Taliban? How about Iran? I suppose Allah might support doing something. Just wondering.

    Bob, Roanoke

    January 21, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  216. Chris, NY

    I don't think it was political correctness that caused Hasan to fall off the radar.......Clearly someone was sleep at the wheel........Islamic belief doesn't mean one should be monitored......It's when clear signs of radicalism are shown, that a person should be approached, and questioned about these views.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  217. Lynn

    How does anyone know they are not checking that out – it wouldn't surprise me if that don't tell the media – you guys spend more time speculating then bothering with facts – I'm sure if there is anything to connect the Officer with Al Queda then that will be part of a full military investigation – Lynn, SD

    January 21, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  218. sohail zahoor

    Islam !

    yes the bad religion !

    that holds Jesus and his mom in higher regard than any pope would.
    the religion that doesn't call Jesus illegitimate child, as opposed to judeo Christian high morality.
    the religion that keeps people from turning into savages (and i don't mean the major)

    if you have to judge a persons crime judge him as a person and not the religion

    radical islam, is just like radical christianity, or judism . and if you get away from fundamentals, then incest , rape , theft, etc become only social problems and not crimes.

    the person shooting, in VA was a muslim i guess, jeffery dahmer, charles manson, just to mention a couple.

    Oh and "going postal " is a term reffering to muslims iguess

    peace out

    January 21, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  219. Frandy

    there's favoritism in this country when it comes to religion and cover up

    January 21, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  220. David in Raleigh, NC

    Our politically correct President is trying to be friends with Muslims even though they continue to figure out different ways to attack us.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  221. Tanyah in North Carolina

    Jack, it was ignored in the report for the same reason it was ignored before. No one wants to be seen as being politically incorrect. The sad thing is though, until we are able to address these situations for what they really are there will be more loss of innocent life.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  222. Teresa Bailey Weirich

    This makes me physically ill. Political correctness be damned. When someone is aiming a gun at you, wants to innihilate your race, capitalism, Christians, Jews, Western Civilization and anything resembling civilization... well, I think we should damn well identify the enemy. It's not politically incorrect. It's prudent. ...What a bunch of candy asses we've become.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:56 pm |